Friday, November 17, 2006

Not The French Hillary

Salon has a rather intriguing profile of Ségolène Royal, yesterday's confirmed socialist contender for France's 2007 presidential elections:
Imagine, if you will, a parallel universe, where a female politician's four out-of-wedlock children charm the voting public, where her bikini-worthy 53-year-old body is a valuable political asset, and where she is likely to become president before her more powerful male partner, the fellow politician with whom she had those kids. Welcome to the twilight zone, France, and the Gallic version of political power couple Hillary and Bill Clinton. [more]
A tad réducteur. The parallel with Hillary is far-fetched at best. Both are women, but the buck stops there. And being a woman or a symbol of change is not enough to qualify someone for a leadership role.

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